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2024 Publications

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2024 Submissions

June – Guardianship and Administration Act Review Submission In our preliminary submission to the review of the Guardianship and Administration Act 1990 (WA), we share our members’ and advocates’ experiences with Guardianship and Administration to underline specific issues that must be considered in the next stages of the review.

May – Feedback to the draft National Autism Strategy – We commend the National Autism Strategy for establishing a good starting place for considering what the Australian government can do to improve the lives of Autistic people. In this submission, we emphasise that more needs to be done to acknowledge that Autistic people have nuanced needs, strengths and desires, and that a one-size-fits-all strategy will ultimately not work effectively.

May – Feedback to the National Disability Insurance Scheme Amendment This submission critiques the proposed legislation changes to the NDIS, which we believe signal a desire by the NDIA to divert people with psychosocial disability away from the NDIS. We argue that the changes must not apply new ‘one-size-fits-all’ Rules to NDIS Participants (current and prospective) in order to acknowledge that all individuals have unique support needs.

April – Remember PHaMs – This position paper has been developed to support of the “Bring Back PHaMs” grassroots campaign, which advocates for a new service, that takes up the many strengths and service philosophy of the PHaMs model, addressing the significant gaps left in the wake of funding moving to the NDIS.

March – Submission to the NDIS Regional Experience Inquiry – CoMHWA’s submission to the ‘NDIS participant experience in rural, regional and remote Australia’ Inquiry is founded upon the stories and experiences of our members, and aims to address the profound injustice faced by people accessing the NDIS and appropriate supports in Regional and Remote Australia.

2024 Briefings

May – The Gayaa Dhuwi DeclarationThis briefing paper explains and underlines the importance of The Gayaa Dhuwi Declaration as a set of principles for ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have equitable access to culturally appropriate approaches to mental health alongside clinical interventions